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Police Officer in Stable Condition After on Duty Collision

The Manhattan Beach police officer and another vehicle collided on Sepulveda Boulevard near Ninth Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The collision will be investigated by the El Segundo Police Department.

A Manhattan Beach police officer is reportedly in stable condition after his involvement in a collision on Sepulveda Boulevard near Ninth Street Wednesday night, said Andy Harrod, MB police lieutenant.

The two-vehicle collision has closed Sepulveda from Manhattan Beach Boulevard to Eighth Street. On scene, Harrod said the road would remain closed as long as needed "to perform an investigation to see what occurred." He told Manhattan Beach Patch that the El Segundo police department would handle the investigation.

Scattered debris from the wreckage was strewn across Sepulveda near the police car, which ended up curbside in front of a hotel. An SUV believed to have been involved in the collision rested next to the center median near Tenth Street.

Three area residents reported hearing a loud sound, then rushing to Sepulveda to see what had taken place.

"It was intense," said Michael Cruz, who lives nearby. "They [police officers aided by a helicopter] literally escorted him [the injured officer] down Manhattan Beach Boulevard and on the freeway." Cruz said officers from Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach appeared on scene within seconds of the collision. "The officers were jamming and people scatttering."

Cruz said the helicopter escort was "telling cops where to position their cars so that they could escort and take care of their fellow officer."

Rick Alves, an MB resident who was working at , said he saw the other driver climb out of the rear passenger door on the driver's side and "immediately" walk toward the officer and his car.

"She seemed coherent but definitely shaken," he said of the driver. Since her vehicle ended up closer to the ice cream store than did the officer's, Alves, who wants to be an emergency medical technician, said he went to see if he could help. He said he saw a car seat in the back seat but "luckily there wasn't a baby, there weren't any children" inside.

Harrod said that the female driver was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which is where the officer was taken, for precautionary measures and is reported to have minor injuries.

The MB police officer involved in the collision was traveling northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, responding to a "priority one" call, which means "you need to get there post haste," said Harrod. Details beyond that were not yet available, with Harrod characterizing the investigation as "still unfolding." 

(Updated 8:50 a.m.) Correction: The collision happened Wednesday around 10:59 p.m. and not Monday night as was previously reported.

John Anderson July 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
JWE, You need to go on a ride along so you can appreciate what these officers do for our community. You don't know any details so how can you make mean statements like that? Inconvenience-really? I hope I don't find out who you really are because I'd give you a piece of my mind! My thoughts are with both the officer and the lady involved in this accident.
Always Right July 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
JWE, you are clearly a moron!!! Were you there? You know it was the officers fault?
Kathy Sena July 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Liz, thanks for your reporting on this -- in the middle of the night! You are such a pro. I woke up to the clock radio talking about this on KNX. Went to patch.com so see if there had been any coverage, and of course you were already on it! Thanks for all the hard work you and your team do for our community. It's much appreciated.
Charlie July 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
FYI...when you are south bound Sepulveda ...it is illegal to make a left turn onto 9th street...by looks of the damage to the SUV she made a left turn.
Kent W. July 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
JWE...does being a complete moron come natural to you or is it a condition you had to work at ? Inconveniencing you ????? WOW.....you should leave your full name so if you are of need of an officer they can decide whether or not they want to inconvenience themselves to help you. Your P.S. is pathetic unless you were there you can Guarantee anything.You do know what slander is right ?

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